A Queens neighborhood is in mourning, shaken by a pre-dawn fire that claimed the life of a 63-year-old woman. Jonathan Vigliotti reports. (Published Sunday, Apr 15, 2012)
One person died and another was seriously hurt in a house fire in Queens early Sunday.
The fire started at about 4:30 a.m. at the home on 189th Street and 45th Avenue in Auburndale. Joanne Brown, 63, and her cousin John Rebecci were inside at the time.
Neighbors say they woke up to the sound of shattering glass and screaming. By the time they went outside to try to help, they say flames were shooting out the windows.
"The house was engulfed," said neighbor Gregory Argyris. "It looked like a scene from a horror movie."
Fire officials say Brown called 911 from inside the house, and believe she was trapped by the flames.
Rebecci made it out alive, but neighbors said he was screaming for fire fighters to find his cousin.
"He kept screaming, 'Joanne, Joanne, Joanne. She's trapped inside," said witness Angelo Dominguez.
Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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